Are you seeking a healthier meal option when dining out in Kansas? Find the freshest salads in the state using this handy restaurant guide.
City Limits Bar & Grill, Colby
City Limits Bar & Grill is a must-stop for travelers driving on KS I-70 who love an all-you-can-eat mega salad and soup bar. Other lunch menu items included burgers, chicken tenders, and hand-cut top sirloin. The food is downright delicious.
Trio Tap House, Hays
Trio Tap House claims they are a place to enjoy “an honest meal and a proper good time,” and they are right. I nestled into my seat and reviewed the menu. I was craving a hearty salad. The Dry Aged Steak & Blue checked all the boxes. Ask about the Soup of the Day.
McLain’s Market, Shawnee
McLain’s Market is where you go when craving fresh salads, sandwiches, and soups for lunch. You can expect hearty salads with a slice of sourdough bread. They also serve delicious coffee and delectable breakfast pastries.
Johnny’s Tavern, Lawrence
You can’t go wrong at Johnny’s Tavern whether you order the Apple Walnut Crunch, Johnny’s Cobb, or Wedge salad. If you’re craving savory bowl of soup, enjoy homemade chili or ask about the Soup of the Day. House-made Jambalaya with andouille sausage brings the heat.
The Glass Cat, Bonner Springs
A day spent in Bonner Springs is made better with a chef-prepared salad at The Glass Cat. The latest addition to the town’s dining scene, it’s become a local favorite for its lunch menu options, which often include protein topped salads. If you’re in the mood for a chicken salad sandwich made with homemade bread, you’re in luck.
Willie’s Sports Pub, Atchison
Every town needs a celebrated restaurant like Willie’s Sports Pub where locals and visitors can gather for heaping plates of food and a cold drink. Enjoy a Chicken Club Salad, Smoked Chef Salad, or Grilled Steak Salad while you watch the game. Similar recipes appear on the Sandwiches and Wraps menu.
Union Street Social, Emporia
Union Street Social is the restaurant you always wished for, and now it’s here. The Smoked Salmon Salad includes perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs, and warm bacon dressing served over micro greens and spinach. Menu options change, but you can always find a sprout salad or garden salad.
Crown & Rye, Lindsborg
The Crown & Rye serves tasty food ranging from traditional Swedish dishes to burgers and salads. I recommend the Berry Salad, an iceberg and romaine salad topped with fresh berries, goat cheese, and the house vinaigrette. Other hearty meal options including the Crispy Chicken Salad and Cobb Salad.
The Local Table, Newton
Sunflour Cafe & Collective
A haven for healthy eaters who need vegetarian-based dishes, Sunflour Cafe & Collective serves a rotating menu of salads in two portion sizes. Cucumber Dill, Summer Tide, and Balsamic Fig current menu options, but check the front board for weekly specials.
Tayna’s Soup Kitchen
Tayna’s Soup Kitchen may be known for bowls of scratch-made soups and stews, but the restaurant’s salad menu deserves attention. Order Cleopatra prepared with sliced chicken breast, apricot chutney, and feta cheese over mesclun for light lunch fare that delivers bold flavor. Four additional salad options are available using spinach or romaine lettuce.
Nortons Brewing Company
It’s not often that you find delectable salads on the menu at a brewery. At Nortons Brewing Company, the Roughage menu lists three salads: Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, Cobb Salad, and Side Salad – each served with house-made dressing. Come hungry because the super-sized salads are a meal that requires a fork and knife to eat.
Public at the Brickyard
Located in a historic building in Old Town, Public at the Brickyard is known for serving farm-to-table entrees using locally sourced greens. Typically, the menu features about four salads with the option to add protein (smoked salmon, anyone?) or substitute vegan cheese.
HoneyBee Bruncherie, Humboldt
At HoneyBee Bruncherie, the lunch menu draws diners seeking made-to-order favorites. Thai Like Salad and mixed green salads with seasonal fruits and vegetables are beautifully plated, each with a bowl of soup or sweet potato waffle fries.
Sharky’s Pub & Grub, Fort Scott
Sharky’s Pub & Grub towering sandwiches and seafood dishes may dominate the menu, but the Going Green section of the menu deserves a glance. Diners can choose from two salad options served with Texas toast and optional blue cheese crumbles.
If your goal is to eat a lighter meal prepared with fresh ingredients, a garden salad is waiting for you at one of these Kansas restaurants. Menus change based on seasonal vegetables and the chef’s creativity, so inquire at each eatery for the latest salad options.
Go get your greens on!